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The aviators : Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the epic age of flight, Winston Groom

Label
The aviators : Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the epic age of flight
Title
The aviators
Title remainder
Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the epic age of flight
Statement of responsibility
Winston Groom
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, Shiloh 1862, and Vicksburg 1863, comes the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival-at-sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys. With the world in peril in World War II, each man set aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for his most daring mission yet. Doolittle, a brilliant aviation innovator, would lead the daring Tokyo Raid to retaliate for Pearl Harbor; Lindbergh, hero of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, would fly combat missions in the South Pacific; and Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, would bravely hold his crew together while facing near-starvation and circling sharks after his plane went down in a remote part of the Pacific. Groom's rich narrative tells their intertwined stories--from broken homes to Medals of Honor (all three would receive it); barnstorming to the greatest raid of World War II; front-page triumph to anguished tragedy; and near-death to ultimate survival--as all took to the sky, time and again, to become exemplars of the spirit of the 'greatest generation'
Writing style
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Groom's (Shiloh, 1862 ) interwoven biographies confirm that in their day no American figures received such public adulation as Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Charles Lindbergh, each of whom became a colossus in the annals of flight. In 1918, Rickenbacker was the number one U.S. combat pilot; Lindbergh, of course, thrilled the world in 1927 when he flew solo nonstop across the Atlantic; and Doolittle ushered in modern airpower in 1929 by flying aircraft on instruments alone. All three visited Nazi Germany in the 1930s and warned their indifferent countrymen about Hitler's burgeoning war machine. Doolittle and Rickenbacker called for U.S. diplomatic engagement and military preparedness, while Lindbergh backed a policy of isolationism. During World War II these men were middle-aged, famous, and wealthy, yet they volunteered to fly again. Groom's farewell chapter is a masterpiece, in which he concludes, "They were giants who ruled the air…and years after they died their dust still sparkles in the lore that binds the national trust." VERDICT This is a winner, combining an engaging narrative and appropriate documentation into one solid study of three iconic aviators and their times. Recommended for students of military history and biography, as well as aviation historians and enthusiasts.— John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Cleveland --John Carver Edwards (Reviewed September 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 16, p118)
  • /* Starred Review */ Joint biography of three legendary pilots. Groom (Shiloh, 1862, 2012, etc.) takes his subjects from their earliest days through World War II, when they all found a way to aid the struggle against the Axis powers. All three of Groom's subjects earned their renown by doing something extraordinary. Eddie Rickenbacker (1890–1973) rose from auto mechanic to champion race car driver and then became the top American flying ace of World War I. Jimmy Doolittle (1896–1993), a tough kid who boxed to pay for college, became the military's leading test pilot in the 1920s. Charles Lindbergh (1902–1974) dropped out of college to be a stunt pilot before becoming the most famous man alive for his New York to Paris flight in 1927. Groom traces their early careers, showing how they learned the nuts and bolts of aviation in the process of becoming pilots. This stood them in good stead in their later careers. Lindbergh personally oversaw the building of the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane for his epic flight, and, later in World War II, helped U.S. forces in the Pacific improve the range of the P-38 fighter planes. Doolittle is probably best known for his 1942 bombing raid on Tokyo, in which he used innovative tactics to shake the enemy's confidence in the impregnability of the Japanese homeland. Rickenbacker, on a secret mission to deliver orders to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, survived more than three weeks on a life raft in the shark-infested South Pacific after his plane went down, nearly starving, continuing the mission as soon as he recovered from the ordeal. Groom lets his empathy with his subjects somewhat outweigh their flaws, notably Lindbergh's initial failure to recognize the evil of Nazism. Ultimately, though, the author convincingly portrays them as true American heroes, men who changed the world by their deeds and who inspired countless others to emulate their examples. A gripping document of a brilliant era in our history and a few of the men who helped make it so.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2013)
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10192340
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Groom, Winston
Dewey number
629.13092/273
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rickenbacker, Eddie
  • Doolittle, James Harold
  • Lindbergh, Charles A.
  • Air pilots
  • Air pilots, Military
  • Heroes
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Aeronautics
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the epic age of flight
Label
The aviators : Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the epic age of flight, Winston Groom
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
These Three Men -- The King of Dirt -- The Man With the Outside Loop -- Which Way is Ireland? -- It is Scientific Murder -- New York to Paris -- Man's Greatest Enemy in the Air -- Saved For Some Good Purpose -- Inspiration in a Grubby World -- A Halo Becomes a Noose -- The Raid -- Adrift -- The Lone Eagle Goes to War -- Masters of the Sky
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
464 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781426211560
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 16233657
  • 16233657
Label
The aviators : Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the epic age of flight, Winston Groom
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
These Three Men -- The King of Dirt -- The Man With the Outside Loop -- Which Way is Ireland? -- It is Scientific Murder -- New York to Paris -- Man's Greatest Enemy in the Air -- Saved For Some Good Purpose -- Inspiration in a Grubby World -- A Halo Becomes a Noose -- The Raid -- Adrift -- The Lone Eagle Goes to War -- Masters of the Sky
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
464 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781426211560
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 16233657
  • 16233657

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